Latest Pens Buzz: Whispers in org of the GM being in a ‘sending the message’ mood?


Fears inside the room of a coaches favorite being moved? — Mike Sullivan starting Casey DeSmith in consecutive starts was nothing more than Sullivan just believing DeSmith gave them the best chance to win. After the 0-2 start, whispers in the Penguins organization is the coaching staff has feared a knee jerk trade of a prominent . Just a few games into the season and there’s certainly some rumblings in that room already that Rutherford could soon be in the First impressions matter? The decision to scratch Ceci after one game, caught some in the organization by surprise because he was such a favorable signing by Jim Rutherford, but the healthy scratch was building from the poor camp Ceci had. There’s going to be pressure on Ceci to change some opinion’s with the coaches when he gets in. I’ve had more than one individual tell me he’s not a ToddRead More »

Latest Pens Buzz: On the Penguins Wild Win & More Buzz


Big Picture Takeaways on Pens wild win Penguins – Capitals will almost always have twist and turns on a game-by-game basis when they meet and Tuesday night was no different. Pittsburgh rallied for a 5-4 overtime win on a Sidney Crosby game winner just 1:11 into OT. Yes, the Capitals escaped their demons in 2018, but over the last 10-12 years we just continue to see games like this one where the Penguins find a way to defy the odds and get a ‘W’ against Washington in a game they had no business winning. How improbable was this win? Pittsburgh was outscored 4-1 during 5-on-5 play, received .846 save percentage goaltending in the win, and the Penguins were just bullied 5-on-5 for the first 30-35 minutes of play. *Here’s how the Penguins did it: *Scored a 5-on-3 Power Play Goal *Scored a 5-on-5 Goal from a 4th line forward *ScoredRead More »

Trade Fallout: Pirates get a haul for Musgrove?


Several years away from being at least competitive and fielding a respectable team, the Pirates are in a complete tear down of the roster and any veteran with a pulse on that roster and a rising salary is going to get shipped out of town. The trade of Joe Musgrove Monday night was some luck coming on the Pirates side in that they were able to take advantage of Musgrove’s trade value being much higher than it really should have been. The local media will greatly overrate the Pirates return. Call it a haul or whatever, the Pirates, though, at least got a promising return for a low level No. 3 caliber pitcher if you buy into his 2020 campaign being a sign of things to come. You have to start somewhere for this franchise and they did well for who they traded. CF Hudson Head, Age 19 C EndyRead More »

Latest Pens Buzz: League chatter on Penguins botching Hornqvist trade talks back in August


Pens/Caps Fallout The Pittsburgh Penguins got a much needed win with Sunday’s 4-3 shootout victory. The team got some puck luck with Iyla Samsonov handing them a goal, an Alex Ovechkin blast late in the third period hitting post to post. Nonetheless, the Penguins battled really well and got contributions throughout the lineup. Marcus Pettersson had a fantastic game at both ends of the ice, one of the best players on the ice, Evan Rodrigues scored 20 seconds in and the Crosby line as a whole was Pittsburgh’s best line on the night. Then you had the Penguins getting a goal from Colton Sceviour, despite the 4th line being pretty much unplayable and seeing just three minutes of ice time. There’s also the decision to start Casey DeSmith who looks so beatable at times, but did his job for the second game in a row, and shined in the shootoutRead More »

Latest Pens Buzz: Is Pittsburgh headed to a panic level start?


What an 0-2 Start Means for the Penguins The Pittsburgh Penguins off to an 0-2 start, were outscored 11-5 in the two game series vs the Flyers. It’s not panic time just yet, but in a 56 game season, a big two game series with the Washington Capitals (2-0-0, 4 pts) awaits. If Pittsburgh starts the season 0-4, you could really see the wheels start to the fall off. The good thing is maybe this could be the perfect year to get a lottery pick. Oh wait……….. Improvements in key areas in Friday’s Loss But are we seeing the same story? Some players like Brandon Tanev for instance said the team played a great game in the season opener, I surely wasn’t see the same game, but the Penguins were indeed much improved in some key areas in Friday’s 5-2 loss. They can pat themselves on the back after thatRead More »

Penguins – Flyers What We Learned: Same old defensive woes?


Penguins – Flyers What We Learned: — Pittsburgh opened the season Wednesday evening with a 6-3 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. It was a game that got away from them in the third period. Pittsburgh was outscored 4-1 in the final 22 minutes of play and just couldn’t get a big save from Tristan Jarry in the final frame to stop the seismic shift in momentum that went the Flyers way — SAME CONCERNS POP UP IN LOSS Just one game but…………… —Goal Prevention? Pittsburgh’s struggles to clear the front of the net is no secret and you look at the personnel on the backend, it’s hard not to see it being a constant issue this season. Philadelphia’s two power play goals highlighted that area to a great extent as the Flyers were able to park themselves in front and remain in Tristan Jarry’s sightlines with ease. Same old Pens?Read More »

Latest Pens Buzz: Pens Outlook, Favorite in East, Bottom-6


TIOPS Latest Penguins Buzz — Rumblings, Musings, Opinions– 1. Opening night for the NHL and the Penguins. The Mass Mutual Division is loaded and it’s just a season of such unknown. Few know what to really expect. Ranking the Stanley Cup Contenders in the Division Tier 1: Washington Capitals Tier 2: Boston Bruins, Philadelphia Flyers Tier 3: Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Islanders Tier 4: New York Rangers Tier 5: Buffalo Sabres, New Jersey Devils Best Team in the division: Washington Capitals Surveying the league, evaluators love the Washington Capitals roster top to bottom combined with the coaching move. Feedback didn’t have them as a consensus team in winning the division, but Washington is looked at as being the best team on paper in the division and projects as the toughest out come playoff time. There’s questions on how motivated this group will be without the adrenaline of fans in theRead More »

GM Talk: Jim Rutherford envisions Mike Sullivan coaching in Pittsburgh for a “long time”


— Penguins GM Jim Rutherford appeared on the Cook & Joe show (937 The Fan) this morning and here are some key takeaways from the interview on whether the Penguins are still Stanley Cup contenders, Mike Sullivan being the coach in Pittsburgh for a very long time, a faster team, why a decision on Patric Hornqvist was the same as Phil Kessel & more Buzz — — Few see the Penguins among the top Stanley Cup contenders. “I think it’s hard to pick a team in the East,” Rutherford said when asked who he see’s as the favorites. “We’re used to it. Our opponents have changed a little bit, but all strong teams, I quite frankly don’t know what to expect.” — The Penguins tell everyone who listens this is going to be a faster, more mobile team this year. “We’re faster, defense has more mobility,” said Rutherford. “There’s beenRead More »